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World-class troupes and local treasures

Rhode Island has been graced with many fine home-grown dance companies over the years.
Cool moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 28, 2012

Tales of a country boy

Summer Stages Dance kicked off its 2010 performance series at Concord Academy a week ago Thursday with a film of a woman setting the table.
Dan Wagoner’s handmade dance
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 23, 2010

Airs and graces

Somewhere in the middle of Stephen Petronio’s terrific hour-long dance I Drink the Air Before Me last Friday night, the dancers exited and the space went dark.
Stephen Petronio at the ICA, Black Grace at the Paramount
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 26, 2010


The four pieces on the program that Philadanco brought for its Boston debut last weekend at the Institute for Contemporary Art were all-dance numbers showcasing a troupe of highly polished, supercharged dancers.  
Philadanco at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 18, 2008

Floor show

Sara Hook explains the title of her cabaret piece Salad Days as a reference to youth and indiscretion.  
Sara Hook at Harvard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 01, 2008

Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008


Fusion forms

Modern dancers who aren’t tethered to a specific technique can forage the whole world for useful movement and effects. We saw three completely different examples recently.
Lorraine Chapman, Kinodance, Black Grace
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2008

Pas de divorce

It’s been a roller-coaster six weeks at Boston Ballet.
Opera House captures Boston Ballet’s heart
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008

Trying to place it

The stubbornly beautiful New England landscape has inspired poets as varied as Emily Dickinson and Donald Hall.
“New England Survey” at the PRC, American Mobility at Gasp, 18th-Century Porcelain at the Busch-Reisinger, and Viktor Schreckengost in Attleboro
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 18, 2008

Quo vadis?

“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2008

Finding a voice

Closer inspection, however, shows a choreographer making a series of perplexing musical choices that don’t always serve him well.
Battleworks at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  February 29, 2008


Dancing in the year of the Rat

If you’re hot for Victoria’s Secret ads and addicted to Dancing with the Stars, Tango Fire will be right up your alley.
Flamenco, funk, and Boston Ballet hit the boards
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 26, 2007

Ebb and flow

The good news is that we still have our own major company, Boston Ballet, and it made its first international tour — to Spain — in more than a decade.
Dance: 2007 in review
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007

Not through yet

Paul Taylor brags that he’s violated just about every taboo in American culture over his 50-plus years of creative work and he’s not through yet.
Paul Taylor at the Shubert, plus Morgan Thorson’s Faker
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 05, 2007

Illusion and bedrock

Oguike, I think, makes movement like a mime artist.
Invisible Wings, plus Henri Oguike and Bridgman/Packer at Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 27, 2007

Dances with character

Dancers are working with character more frequently, after decades of choreography drenched in physical accomplishment.
Headlong Dance Theater, Chunky Move, Paul Taylor
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 01, 2007

Flashbacks: November 3, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 01, 2006

Great music, great dance

An excerpt from Phoenix dance critic Marcia B. Siegel's Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance .
Getting inside Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 28, 2006

Truth and beauty

You can’t really depend on the instructive power of a title.
Debra Bluth, Lorraine Chapman
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 16, 2006


Last weekend I had a chance to check in on two important latter-day postmodernists, Susan Marshall and Seán Curran.
Susan Marshall in New Jersey, Seán Curran in New York and Boston
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 28, 2006